Diwali is believed to be the most prosperous and marvellous festival for Hindu major country India. There are several reasons behind celebrating the special day of Diwali.
Not just Lord Rama returned home after war against Ravana in Lanka, there are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great festival to celebrate.
1) Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: Being worshipped as Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day of Karthik month during Samudra-Manthan and therefore it is directly related to this special day.
2) Lord Vishnu rescued Lakshmi: the Fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu Vaman saved Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and yet we got this another reason to celebrate.
3) Lord Krishna killed Narakaasur: Demon king Narakaasur was killed by Lord Krishna on this day itself and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival.
4) The return of Pandavas: The day of Karthik Amavashya is remembered when Pandavas returned home after losing to Kauravas in dice game where Draupadi was insulted by Duryodhana, saved by Lord Krishna. Those who loved Pandavas celebrated this day in a special way.
5) Lord Ram defeated Ravana: As the world believes that Diwali is celebrated due to victory of Rama and it has some special reason too. It was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita, and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka.
6) Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.
7) Arya Samaj: When Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformer of Hindu religion and founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana and it was new moon day (Diwali).
8) Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.
9) Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das accounted this special day as Red Letter Day when all Sikhs gather and receives the blessings from their gurus. Also, the foundation stone of Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on this day.
10) The Pope’s Diwali speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech embarked with references to the festival of light.